Microsoft calls off management tools merger

Microsoft has dropped plans to merge its Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 into a...

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Microsoft has dropped plans to merge its Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 into a single product known as System Center. 

After some testing and questioning of customers, Microsoft has instead decided to keep the SMS patch management system and MOM management console separate from each other.

Microsoft said customers who had spent money and time in developing the individual products would have been concerned about moving to something new.

The System Center brand will now be used as a way of promoting several different management products.

The next version of SMS is set to appear in the first half of 2007.

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